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Contemplating the Logos

October 26, 2011

In creating the universe he conferred upon it a created rationality different from, yet dependent on, his own uncreated Rationality, and thus gave it an intrinsic lawfulness of its own which is neither self-susistent nor self-explanatory but which endures before God as the truth and goodness of created reality upheld by his eternal Word. It was into this created rationality (or logos) that the Word (or Logos) of God entered, assimilating it to himself in the incarnation, in order to become Word of God to man through the medium of human word and rationality and in order to provide from the side of man for an appropriate response in truth and goodness toward God. –T. F. Torrance, Reality and Evangelical Theology

This quote has been on my mind as something to think about, yet I seem to continually set it aside. It is fairly dense, but it taps into the nature of the logos. St. Athanasius said something along the same lines in paragraph 17 of On the Incarnation.

The marvellous truth is, that being the Word, so far from being Himself contained by anything, He actually contained all things Himself. In creation He is present everywhere, yet is distinct in being from it; ordering, directing, giving life to all, containing all, yet is He Himself the Uncontained, existing solely in His Father. As with the whole, so also is it with the part. . . . His body was for Him not a limitation, but an instrument, so that He was both in it and in all things, and outside all things, resting in the Father alone.

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